Tuesday, January 09th, 2018 | Author:

Going green at home is much easier than you might think. While you can swap out your water heater and choose a smart thermostat, you can also start smaller and make some basic changes in your kitchen first. The kitchen in most homes is where people spend time together and where they both cook and eat. No matter how much time you usually spend in that room, you can use a few tips to make your kitchen a little greener before focusing on other areas of your home.

Eliminate Paper Towels

Every time that you use a paper towel to wipe up a spill or as a makeshift napkin at meal time, you waste paper. Paper towels come from trees that manufacturers cut down too. You can use simple rags to clean up spills like reclaimed wiping rags immediately. Cloth is much more absorbent than paper towels are and can go right in your washing machine for fast and convenient clean up. Keeping a few extra sponges on hand is helpful too. A simple zap in your microwave will both clean and disinfect used sponges.

Start a Compost Bin

If you do any gardening outside, you should seriously consider starting a compost bin to make use of the food scraps left behind by your family. All you need is an airtight container. Place this container inside a cabinet under your sink. At the end of each meal, put the scraps leftover in the container before tightening the lid. Once you fill the container, you can take it outside and use that compost on your garden. If you have raw scraps like vegetable peelings leftover, you can put those pieces in a bag in the freezer and use the food to make stocks later.

Start Recycling

Recycling is one of the best things you can do to make your kitchen and your home greener. You can start out small with just one bin that you place next to your garbage can. Use that bin to store things that you can recycle like old newspapers, aluminum cans and glass or plastic bottles. If you find that your family has a lot of things that you can recycle, you might add multiple bins for different materials. Using one or more of these tips can help you make your kitchen greener and more environmentally friendly before you work on other parts of your home.

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